A Study In Scarlet and The Sign Of The Four (Illustrated)

A Study In Scarlet and The Sign Of The Four (Illustrated)

by Arthur Conan Doyle

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Overview

A Study in Scarlet is a detective mystery novel written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, introducing his new characters, "consulting detective" Sherlock Holmes and his friend and chronicler, Dr. John Watson, who later became two of the most famous characters in literature.

Conan Doyle wrote the story in 1886, and it was published the following year. The book's title derives from a speech given by Holmes to Doctor Watson on the nature of his work, in which he describes the story's murder investigation as his "study in scarlet": "There's the scarlet thread of murder running through the colourless skein of life, and our duty is to unravel it, and isolate it, and expose every inch of it.

The Sign of the Four (1890), also called The Sign of Four, is the second novel featuring Sherlock Holmes written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Doyle wrote four novels and 56 stories starring the fictional detective.

The story is set in 1888. The Sign of the Four has a complex plot involving service in East India Company, India, the Indian Rebellion of 1857, a stolen treasure, and a secret pact among four convicts ("the Four" of the title) and two corrupt prison guards. It presents the detective's drug habit and humanizes him in a way that had not been done in the preceding novel A Study in Scarlet (1887). It also introduces Doctor Watson's future wife, Mary Morstan.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9782765904441
Publisher: Fried Fish
Publication date: 09/29/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

A prolific author of books, short stories, poetry, and more, the Scottish writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) is best known for the creation of one of literature’s most vivid and enduring characters: Sherlock Holmes. Through detailed observation, vast knowledge, and brilliant deduction, Holmes and his trusted friend, Dr. Watson, step into the swirling fog of Victorian London to rescue the innocent, confound the guilty, and solve the most perplexing puzzles known to literature.

Date of Birth:

May 22, 1859

Date of Death:

July 7, 1930

Place of Birth:

Edinburgh, Scotland

Place of Death:

Crowborough, Sussex, England

Education:

Edinburgh University, B.M., 1881; M.D., 1885

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A Study In Scarlet; And The Sign Of The Four 1.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The introduction of the book is written by a contemporary of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, so it is interesting to read an account written before Sir Arthur's work was completed. I managed to make it through the introduction, but the typos just became too irritating to keep reading this version. Instead, I downloaded the books separately onto my computer for free from Project Gutenberg, which has volunteers who proofread their text after it is scanned and digitized. Then I transferred the files from my computer to the Nook. More trouble than downloading from BN, but it was worth it not to be constantly distracted by the typos.
phdmbamom More than 1 year ago
This version of the book does not have table of contents so it is impossible to find the start of A Study in Scarlet from the other book listed. Not worth downloading free.